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Bengals Mock Draft 13.0: Grading three full seven-round Mocks

NOTE: Since the 2016 Bengals regular season ended Local12.com has taken a look at different mock draft and draft scenarios for the team each week, including a second full seven-round mock draft (with projected compensatory picks and highlights of each player) on March 15, and this is the latest in the series:

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The dust is basically now settled from free agency and the NFL Draft is now a month away (April 27-29) so this week we will take a look at three full seven-round Mock Drafts (DraftSite.com, DraftTek.com and Bleacher Report) and grade them.

The Bengals still have the need to get younger and more athletic in the front seven and will likely spend an early round pick at linebacker (even after signing Kevin Minter) and on a defensive end. The team could also use some depth on the offensive line even after signing veteran Andre Smith to compete for the starting right guard spot, and it's possible they snag a wide receiver, cornerback or even a running back in the early rounds as well.

Here are the full seven-round selections for the Bengals from the Mock Draft done by DraftSite.com (click here for their complete seven-round draft):

  • Round 1 (9th pick overall): MLB Reuben Foster, Alabama.
  • Round 2 (41st pick overall): RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma.
  • Round 3 (73rd pick overall): OLB Ryan Anderson, Alabama.
  • Round 4 (116th pick overall): DT Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte.
  • *Round 4 (138th pick overall): OT Chad Wheeler, USC.
  • Round 5 (153rd pick overall): LB Eric Wilson, Cincinnati.
  • *Round 5 (176th pick overall): K Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State.
  • Round 6 (193rd pick overall): WR Lance Lenoir, Western Illinois.
  • *Round 6 (217th pick overall): S Weston Steelhammer, Air Force.
  • Round 7 (227th pick overall): OT David Sharpe, Florida.
  • *Round 7 (251st pick overall): WR Keevan Lucas, Tulsa.

*Denotes compensatory selection

The Skinny: Well, this draft got interesting pretty quickly and faded badly late.

Foster was my first-round selection in my seven-round Mock Draft a couple of weeks ago so I have no problem there, but would the Bengals really draft Mixon in the second round?

His very troubled past (he punched a female student while at Oklahoma and broke her jaw) will be weighed heavily by teams. He has a third-round grade by NFLDraftScout.com (note that all grades referenced are from this site), but that's due mostly to his off-field issues. He is probably a second-round talent, and the Bengals did meet with him a couple of weeks ago.

The Bengals need depth at outside linebacker and Anderson has a third-round grade.

The 6-2, 305-pound Ogunjobi has a second-round grade so he likely won't be around by the fourth round, but the Bengals could use some quality depth at the position even though Andrew Billings and Marcus Hardison will return from injury.

With the loss of Andrew Whitworth to free agency Wheeler would be a very good pick, but he has a third-round grade.

UC's Wilson has an undrafted free agent grade so fifth-round would be a big reach.

Gonzalez is the highest-rated kicker in the draft. Even though the Bengals re-signed Randy Bullock they will likely give him some competition in training camp.

Both Lenoir and Lucas are projected to be undrafted free agents and neither is a burner, which is what the Bengals would really need to draft at wide receiver if they are going to make a pick at all.

Steelhammer would be a solid pick that late even though he has a seventh-round grade.

Sharpe has a third-round grade so he won't be around in the seventh round.

Grade: D+. It's hard to believe the Bengals will take a chance on Mixon and try to sell him to the fan base. Many of the late-round picks seem very questionable as well. I like the selection of the kicker - he has a powerful and accurate leg.

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Here are the full seven-round selections for the Bengals from the Mock Draft done by DraftTek.com (click here for their complete seven-round draft):

  • Round 1 (9th pick overall): MLB Reuben Foster, Alabama.
  • Round 2 (41st pick overall): OLB Tim Williams, Alabama.
  • Round 3 (73rd pick overall): G Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh.
  • Round 4 (116th pick overall): WR Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M.
  • *Round 4 (138th pick overall): OLB Matt Milano, Boston College.
  • Round 5 (153rd pick overall): OT Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell.
  • *Round 5 (176th pick overall): TE Michael Roberts, Toledo.
  • Round 6 (193rd pick overall): DT Stevie Tuikolovatu, USC.
  • *Round 6 (217th pick overall): RB Tarean Folston, Notre Dame.
  • Round 7 (227th pick overall): C Jon Toth, Kentucky.
  • *Round 7 (251st pick overall): DT Jeremiah Ledbetter, Arkansas.

*Denotes compensatory selection

The Skinny: Foster and Williams would be a great 1-2 punch at a position of need, although Williams failed numerous drug tests in college and he is better-suited to be a pass rusher.

Johnson was my third-round selection a couple of weeks ago.

The lanky 6-3, 187-pound Reynolds was impressive during Senior Bowl week and runs a 4.52 40-yard dash.

Milano has a fifth-round grade so he wouldn't be a huge reach and would add depth at a position that needs it.

The 6-7, 318-pound Davenport participated in the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine.

Roberts is more of a run-blocking tight end at 6-4, 270 pounds, but did well during Senior Bowl week.

Tuikolovatu and Ledbetter are both solid late picks as is Toth. Folston is graded as an undrafted free agent after battling injuries the last two years, but he was very productive in 2014 so there is some potential.

Grade: A. Williams might be a reach due to his off field issues, but he can play, while most every pick would be a good one at that point in the draft. Folston has questions, but the Bengals already have Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard on the roster so potential upside offsets injury issues of last two years.

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Here are the full seven-round selections for the Bengals from the Mock Draft done by BleacherReport.com NFL analyst Brent Sobleski (click here for his complete seven-round draft):

  • Round 1 (9th pick overall): DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama.
  • Round 2 (41st pick overall): C Pat Elflein, Ohio State.
  • Round 3 (73rd pick overall): LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State.
  • Round 4 (116th pick overall): WR Chad Hansen, Cal.
  • *Round 4 (138th pick overall): DT Ryan Glasgow, Michigan.
  • Round 5 (153rd pick overall): RB Brian Hill, Wyoming.
  • *Round 5 (176th pick overall): DE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas.
  • Round 6 (193rd pick overall): OT Chad Wheeler, USC.
  • *Round 6 (217th pick overall): WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan.
  • Round 7 (227th pick overall): K Jake Elliott, Memphis.
  • *Round 7 (251st pick overall): S Mike Tyson, Cincinnati.

*Denotes compensatory selection

The Skinny: Allen's stock has been all over Mock Draft boards from as high as No. 2 to out of the top 10, and the Bengals really aren't in the market for a tackle in the first round.

It's also doubtful they would take a center as high as the second round, while McMillan likely will be gone by the third round, but would be a solid pick.

The 6-2, 203-pound Hansen has a third-round grade. He has run as fast as 4.44 in the 40-yard dash and was very productive last season with 92 catches for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns in only 10 games (he missed two with injury).

I had the Bengals selecting Glasgow in the fourth round of my Mock Draft a couple of weeks ago and that's about the right time to add depth at the position, which is why it would be a waste to take Allen in the first round if he's available.

The 6-1, 219-pound Hill rushed for a school-record 1,860 yards this past season and would be a good choice in the fifth round.

Wise has a late fourth round early fifth round grade and would provide depth at a position of need.

Wheeler has a third-round grade so silly to think he's around in the sixth round.

Chesson has run as fast as 4.40 in the 40 and has good size (6-3, 204).

Elliott is the second-highest rated kicker in the draft so he would be a good pick.

Tyson had a productive 2016 season for the Bearcats and would be worth taking in that spot.

Grade: C-plus. Allen and Elflein don't make much sense for the Bengals to take, but aside from the belief that Wheeler will be there in the sixth round the rest of this draft is pretty good. The top two picks weigh it down, though.


Earlier Mock Draft Stories

Here is a link to each of the 12 previous Mock Draft stories from Local12.com this offseason:


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